Ten Ways You’re Making Your House A Target For Thieves
Will your home be one of the nearly four million homes that are broken into this year? Without even knowing it, you could be inviting crime into your home. In fact, you could be making your house a target for thieves. Make sure your house isn’t vulnerable to a robbery with proper locks installed by Hackett Locksmith.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, it’s estimated that 3.7 million homes are burglarized each year. In fact, 28% of the time the people are in the home when it happens. In 7% of these burglaries the people in the home experience some kind of violence perpetrated by the thief.
Here are the top ways you’re inviting crime right into your home — Making your home a target for thieves…
YOU LEAVE YOUR DOOR OPEN – MAKING YOUR HOUSE A TARGET FOR THIEVES!
Yes, most burglars walk right through the front door in broad daylight. While we tend to lock up at bedtime, the time our homes are most vulnerable to crime is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., while most of us are out working or running errands. In fact, thieves will walk up to your front door in the most unsuspecting manner, posing as delivery or salespeople to test your front door.
YOU ADVERTISE WITH YOUR GARBAGE – PAINTING A TARGET ON YOUR HOME
Invite Mr. Burglar in by letting him know exactly what’s up for grabs by leaving the boxes from those new electronics sitting at the bottom of your driveway. You know that new giant screen tv, laptop, gaming console or other high-end electronics. Besides a quick grab for cash inside your home, electronics are the second most stolen items from homes. Instead, break down the boxes taking care to stack the pieces with the box labels hidden. Don’t make it easy, don’t advertise!
YOU’RE SICK AND ON MEDICATION – YOUR PRESCRIPTION IS A TARGET FOR THIEVES
There is a reason opioids are in the news. One of the most popular items thieves are looking for is prescription drugs — painkillers in particular. Drugs are stolen and quickly sold to a growing number of people who are addicted. Unfortunately, people prey on the sick and elderly. When burglars know that someone living in the home is chronically ill, they know the house is probably ripe with painkillers and the home becomes a target. If you are elderly, sick, on prescription painkillers it is particularly important to take extra precautions to safeguard your home. Making sure your doors and windows are equipped with proper locks is imperative. Hackett Locksmith can help you assess the situation and provide you with solutions to avoid your home becoming a statistic.
You Like Your Privacy
Your home is your oasis, a little remote, maybe it backs up to a rural area, forest, open lot or field. Your love of privacy is also your vulnerability giving robbers a more remote space to operate from. It’s true that homes that are more visible are safer. Hiring a professional locksmith to come in and assess the situation is a good way to start fighting crime. Hackett Locksmith can look for vulnerabilities in and around your home and propose ways to deter crime.
YOU ENJOY A COOL BREEZE — YOUR OPEN WINDOW IS A TARGET FOR THIEVES!
Just after checking the front door (the number one way thieves try and access your home) robbers will look for the next, easiest way to get in. They’ll check first-level windows. The reality is people will go out, lock their doors while leaving their windows wide open. The cost of a cool breeze could be very high. Make sure your windows are properly locked. A good locksmith can recommend ways to keep windows perfectly secure.
YOU SHARE YOUR VACATION PHOTOS — WHILE YOUR STILL AWAY, A TARGET FOR THIEVES!
You’re away and having a good time, don’t let the world know. According to cybersecurity company, Webroot, nearly 60 percent of millennials post their travel plans online. Baby boomers may be a little better with 29 percent of them sharing their plans. While you post that photo of you and your family boarding the plane to Prague you’ve sent an invitation to robbers that you’re not home, come on by. People who travel with friends can also compromise them by tagging them in the fun vacation photos snapped poolside or sipping mojitos in Havana.
YOU’RE A LONER — A TARGET FOR THIEVES!
While no one likes a nosy neighbor, it’s still a good idea to get to know them. When you know your neighbors you’re more likely to look out for them, and them for you. They’ll know you’re not moving when that big truck pulls up to your house and they see someone loading up the truck. They’ll be more inclined to call 911 if they see someone who is not part of your family member hanging around your property. Your neighbors may be your best defense, and if you are friendly with them, they may pick up your newspaper and your mail while you’re gone, because a pile of newspapers at the end of your driveway or an overflowing mailbox is a clear signal that no one is home.
YOU HAVE AN ALARM BUT YOU DON’T TURN IT ON!
Knowing that most robberies occur in broad daylight it wouldn’t surprise you to learn that most people don’t arm their alarms during the day. Just like those who lock their front doors when they go to bed, they turn on their alarms but still, most of the time robberies occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when people don’t have their alarms off. Still, most burglars will bypass a home that they think has a sophisticated burglar alarm. Be safe. Call a professional locksmith to help secure your home.
YOU DON’T HAVE OR DON’T LOCK YOUR DEADBOLT LOCK
When it comes to robbing a house, time is of the essence. It typically takes a burglar 10 minutes to get in. If you have a regular lock, you’re making your house a target for thieves. Thieves will tend to avoid a deadbolt because it takes longer to break in — So use one. If there is any way to slow robbers down or stop them, you’ve got to try. Having strong and secure locks is a good deterrent to crime. Having good locks professionally installed can help secure you, your property and your family against thieves. In fact, having a deadbolt on the front door is just a start. To provide the most protection you should consider placing deadbolts on all exterior doors. A good locksmith can help you decide the most effective locks for securing your home.
STOP MAKING YOUR HOUSE A TARGET FOR THIEVES!
Don’t Be a Sad Statistic! Call a Professional Locksmith to Secure Your Home
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Secure your property properly. When it comes to your home or business, nothing is more important than making it safe. A certified locksmith like the experienced ones at Hackett Locksmith can help ensure that your property is safe by helping you secure it with reliable locks.